Oblivion Comics & Coffee signs lease in M.A.Y. Building

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Downtown Sacramento Foundation’s 2016 Calling All Dreamers winner announces storefront in recently renovated M.A.Y. Building

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (July 26, 2016)Oblivion Comics & Coffee today announced signing a lease with Sutter Capital Group in its newest downtown Sacramento infill project, M.A.Y. Building. Announced during the building’s grand opening celebration on July 26, 2016, the approximately 2,650 sq. ft. ground-floor retail space at 1020 11th Street will be ideally located to serve the building’s 21 new residences as well as downtown workers and visitors.

“The M.A.Y. Building is the perfect place to be,” said Laura Benson, co-owner of Oblivion Comics & Coffee. “We wanted to be in the heart of downtown Sacramento, and being between the Convention Center, Golden 1 Center and just down the street from so many amazing local businesses, we think we’ll be Sacramento’s new ‘geeky’ destination.”

Winner of the Downtown Sacramento Foundation’s 2016 Calling All Dreamers competition, Oblivion Comics & Coffee co-owners Laura Benson and Neil Estaris earned a startup prize package valued at over $100,000 to launch their dream of a modern day safe-haven for comic lovers and coffee connoisseurs. Inspired by the DC Comic universe’s Oblivion Bar, a neutral space where according to Benson, superheroes and villains coincide peacefully, Oblivion Comics & Coffee will feature new, vintage and independent comics paired with craft coffee from Chocolate Fish and artisanal toast.

MAY_CAD-announcement_square“We’re overwhelmingly thankful for all the help and support we’ve received,” continued Benson. “Starting a new business is worth the risk when a community makes it clear they want your business to succeed.”

Hoping to open its doors before the end of 2016, Oblivion Comics & Coffee is the first lease announced in the recently renovated M.A.Y. Building at 1029 K Street in downtown Sacramento. Originally completed in 1911, the revived building now features 10,800 sq. ft. of first-floor retail space with 3 floors – 21 units – of luxury urban living above and 4,500 sq. ft. of event space in the adjoining Capitol Event Center. The first privately financed market-rate residential project in Sacramento’s Central Business District in decades, The M.A.Y. Building hopes to attract young professionals and Capitol workers eager to experience urban living when residences begin leasing in early August 2016.

“Projects like M.A.Y. Building are transforming the landscape of downtown,” said Michael Ault, Executive Director of Downtown Sacramento Partnership. “This is exactly the type of project we want. The Sutter Capital Group team has done a tremendous job creating a project that will be attractive for people to shop, eat and call home.”

Sutter Capital Group, Downtown Sacramento Partnership, Oblivion Comics & Coffee and Mayor Elect Darrell Steinberg will celebrate today’s announcement during The M.A.Y. Building grand opening celebration today, July 26 at 4:30 p.m.

For more information please contact Jordyn Anderson at janderson@downtownsac.org.

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About Downtown Sacramento Foundation

Downtown Sacramento Foundation (DSF) is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to supporting and fostering civic pride through cultural, social, economic and physical improvements in downtown Sacramento. Created and supported by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, DSF has awarded more than $300,000 in prizes and support for downtown businesses. For more information, visit www.downtownsac.org, connect on Facebook, and follow @DowntownSac on Twitter and Instagram.

About Calling All Dreamers

Since the program’s inception in 2013, Downtown Sacramento Foundation’s Calling All Dreamers competition has helped to launch 12 new businesses in downtown Sacramento, either through the grand prize or continued support after the competition. In all, they have leased more than 16,000 sq. ft. of retail space and created 13 full-time and 55-part-time jobs. New businesses include Andy’s Candy ApothecaryThe Dailey MethodAna AppleAllspiceryFigs and FetaSun & SoilOff the Chain Bike Bus ToursMetro JuiceBenjamin’s ShoesThe Workspace: Fashion Incubator, and Whired Wine.

The 2016 Calling All Dreamers competition is made possible by the generous support of sponsors who continue to champion economic growth of the downtown core and the Sacramento region, including City of Sacramento Economic Development Department; SMUD; MeringCarson; Consolidated Communications; Blanket Marketing; LJ2; Wells Fargo; Market One Builders; Smith, Mc Dowell & Powell, A Law Corporation; BFBA; POS Portal; Inside Publications; TDogg Studios; and, T-Rock Communications. For more information, visit www.callingalldreamers.org.